On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 07:55:13AM +0100, Pete Turnbull wrote:
On 25/06/2008 23:49, Ethan Dicks wrote:
On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 11:11:12PM +0100, Pete
>I will have used that very copy at some point.
I used to work at
>Craigmount, and I remember the four -8s they had quite fondly. Andrew
>Watt also had an HP2000 system, and later an Apple ][, a very early
>Beeb, and after the -8s a couple of -11s.
*Four* -8s... what kind? Any disk or tape, or
just TTYs and papertape?
All the -8s (and the -11s they had after I left) were cast-offs. The
father of one of the pupils worked for DEC, and was very friendly with
Andrew Watt who was one of the Maths teachers, so that was the source.
Ah... very handy having a patron like that. Columbus only ever had
a small sales and field-service office, and for a short time, a
walk-in-Digital store for ribbons, diskettes, floor models, etc.
Perhaps Dayton schoolkids had a better crack at castoffs that we
I remember that the largest one was a PDP-8/E in a
dual rack, with a
fast paper-tape reader, a couple of RK05s, and a box with extra core.
It was connected to a glass teletype of some sort (maybe a Hazeltine)
and maybe some other terminal device, and AFAIR ran O/S-8. I think it
also has a Decwriter of some sort. It was called EDWARD - Electronic
Device With Auxiliary Rotating Discs.
Nice. Sounds quite a bit larger than my -8/e now.
The smallest one was an -8/F mounted on a trolley; I
can't remember what
that used for I/O. Another was an 8/E or maybe 8/F in a cabinet with
two (IIRC) TU56s, and had 2,3 or 4 ASR33s at various times because it
ran one of the multiuser Edusystems (rather slowly). I can't remember
what else there was.
Also nice in its own way. Certainly fun to watch the tape spin as the
Edusystem wheezed along.
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